Local Companies Awarded Recycling Grants

INDIANAPOLIS (WOWO): More than a half-million dollars in grants heading to six Indiana recycling companies. Three of those are in Northeast Indiana.  Ace Recycling and Legal Chop in Allen County and Midwest Veal in Wabash County have been cited by the program. The money goes to expanded programs at the companies. Ace and Midwest Veal say they'll also add new jobs as part of the plan. 

From RMDP press release:

Ace Recycling Inc. in Allen County – $50,000 to purchase new and upgrade existing equipment that will better automate and support their e-waste demanufacturing processes, including improving material flow. Through this $313,843 project, equipment purchases will include a motorized conveyor system for sorting, a cross belt magnet system to separate metals, and lift scales. As a northern Indiana R-2 certified e-waste recycler, the company is on target to triple the 640,000 pounds recycled by the end of this year, as surrounding communities become aware of their services. It is also buying equipment from Indiana vendors. The company plans to hire 6 to 8 new employees.

Legal Chop Shop in Allen County – $25,000 to purchase equipment including a rack and storage system and pallets for their reuse operation. The company salvages parts from “end of life” vehicles, keeping automobile components out of landfills. It also will be expanding a storage building, bringing the total investment of the project to $400,000. It plans to hire three new employees. Legal Chop Shop estimates that 87 tons of vehicle related waste is diverted from the waste stream, including aluminum, glass, steel, and plastic. They also have received IDEM’s “Gold Level Clean Yard” award for Indiana auto salvage companies.

Midwest Veal in Wabash County – $50,000 to update its current manufacturing facility by expanding reuse/recycling efforts in their partnership with Mead Johnson Nutrition. The equipment will include a compression auger and feed conveyor, allowing the company to reclaim baby formula from packaging and then reuse the nutrients in animal feed. The feed material Midwest Veal recovers through this process is delivered straight to farms and is nutritionally complete as a milk feed for veal calves. Midwest Veal estimates that 750 tons of food product, as well as steel and paper, will be diverted from the waste stream. The company plans to hire up to 15 new employees, including 12 livestock contractors for local farmers. Total project costs are estimated to be $206,591.